In honor of April Fool’s Day, some thoughts about those foolish moments – better known as “Ooops!”
We’ve all had them. Those moments (or days, or months…) when we’ve known better, but still…
We knew it would be better not to attend a social gathering, but did anyway and for days afterward, felt the effects of too much of a good thing.
We knew it would be better to get the refill on a prescription before vacation, but didn’t and got stranded at an airport without our necessary meds.
We knew that respite from flares meant the disease was still lurking, but acted as if it wasn’t, and, wham!, stirred up a recurrence…
Yes, sometimes we don’t act in our best interest. Perhaps because of peer pressure, frustration over “I’ve had this [disease] for so long, I’m tired of it!”, or another reason. But, even as we might pay harsh consequences, we don’t have to think that we’ve caused a long-term, downward spiral.
We don’t have to flog ourselves with guilt.
We learn. We pick up the pieces. We move on, wiser and more resolved to do better next time.
And, know what? We do! We do “do better” next time (in most cases), and that’s probably the point of those foolish moments.
We’re human. We’ll stumble. We might even fall, foolishly. But we can learn. We’re never too old to learn. And, as the lessons sink in and we’re able to do better and get stronger, we’ll find reason for thankfulness. Yes, even for those foolish moments.
Blssings for the day,